Parade Marching Championship
Sunday, June 25, 2017
The Midwest's finest high school marching bands gather in
Alexandria for the Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. Summer parade bands are
at their peak in late June and they pull out all the stops as they perform on the city’s extra-wide main street.
Eight different bands have claimed the Grand Champion title in the Festival's 31-year history. Join us
to see who rises to the top in 2017!
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FESTIVAL PRESENTS 2017 "MINNESOTA DRUM CORPS PREMIERE"
The exciting sounds of drum and bugle corps will join the beat of marching bands when the Vikingland Band Festival presents the 2017 Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere.
All four of Minnesota's drum and bugle corps will debut their 2017 productions, and three high school marching bands will kick off the evening by performing their summer parade music!
The event takes place at the Alexandria Area H.S. football field at 6:30 PM on Saturday, June 24. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 17.
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2017 PARADE ENTRIES
Fantastic lineup: This year's parade features a full roster of 20 high school bands plus two drum & bugle corps in exhibition. That's a total of 2,000 performers in 22 marching ensembles!
• Alexandria - Host
• Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps - Honor Unit
• River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps - Honor Unit
• Champlin Park
• Fergus Falls
• Henry Sibley
• Mankato 77 Lancers
• Maple Lake
• Sauk Rapids-Rice
• Solar Sound
• St. Michael-Albertville
• Winona Cotter
• 728 Cadets
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SUBMIT YOUR FUTURE GRAND MARSHAL NOMINATIONS
The public is invited to submit nominations of people who should be considered for the honor of grand marshal of the Vikingland Band Festival. Over the past 32 years, the honor has recognized men and women who have had a positive impact on Alexandria in areas such as music, youth and community.
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175 Photos! 2016 PHOTO GALLERY
Relive the excitement of the Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere and 32nd Annual Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. View the 2016 photo gallery of 175 images featuring every band and drum corps.
2016 PARADE RESULTS
The biggest lineup since 1999 also proved to be one of the best, with a razor-thin margin of one-tenth of one point determining
the Grand Champion title at the 32nd Annual Vikingland Band Festival. Waconia scored 89.2 to claim the top honor, with last year's
champion 728 Cadets close behind at 89.1. The Mankato 77 Lancers rounded out the top three with 87.3. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
delighted the crowd with its touching World War II tribute, and claimed both the Class A Champion title and the overall People's Choice Award.
A crowd estimated at more than 15,000 people enjoyed the Festival, which showcased three fantastic bands from Canada, including the Calgary Stampede
Showband, Calgary Stetson Show Band and Calgary Round-Up Band. Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps also performed in exhibition.
View 2016 results online.
Did you know that 92 different bands have appeared in the Vikingland Band Festival since its inception in 1985? Browse the Festival archives to access scores and participants from previous Festivals.
DID YOU KNOW...?
Fourteen different bands have been named People's Choice since we launched the award in 1989, and the Mankato Lancers have
won it a record seven times! Previous People's Choice award winners:
• 2016 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
• 2015 728 Cadets
• 2014 Waconia
• 2013 Mankato Lancers
• 2012 728 Cadets
• 2011 Bemidji
• 2010 Mankato Lancers
• 2007-08-09 Waconia
• 2006 The Patriots
• 2004-05 Waconia
• 2000-01-02-03 Mankato Lancers
• 1999 Albert Lea
• 1998 Champlin Park
• 1997 Fergus Falls
• 1996 Long Prairie
• 1994-95 Irondale
• 1993 Mankato Lancers
• 1991-92 New Richmond, WI
• 1990 Henry Sibley
• 1989 Hibbing
Festival Scenes: View past photo galleries »
2016 PLATINUM SPONSORS
EXPERIENCE THE FESTIVAL IN PERSON
Join the 20,000 spectators and 2,000 performers for this spectacular event.
Look here for the parade route and maps of Alexandria. More »
Alexandria Technical & Community College
Douglas County Hospital/Alexandria Clinic/Heartland Orthopedic Specialists
Pro Mach, Inc. Brenton, LLC
Alexandria Downtown Merchants
Central Lakes Orthodontics
Dairy Queen South
Doherty Staffing Solutions
Douglas Machine Inc.
Elden's Fresh Foods
Gate City Bank
Glenwood State Bank
Minnesota Eye Institute
FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
Bell State Bank & Trust
Donation for Graduating Alexandria Band Seniors
Gardonville Coop Telephone
AgCountry Farm Credit Services
Alexandria Golf Cars & Koep's Korner
Alexandria Park Department
Alexandria Police Department
Alexandria Recreational Vehicles
Alexandria Street Department
Barrel O' Fun
Bell State Bank
Douglas Country Sheriff's Posse
Honor Guard - American Legion Post 87, Vietnam Veterans, VFW
Hubbard Radio - Alexandria
Northern Heart Music
Parkers Prairie Schools
Paul's Small Engine
Rose City Signs
Viking Office Supply
Viking Savings Bank
West Central Sanitation